How to Prevent Baby & Toddler Scratching with Eczema Clothing
There is nothing worse than seeing your child suffer. Eczema is absolutely unforgiving when it comes to the maddening desire to scratch. As adults we can sometimes control the scratching reflex, but many times we don’t even realize we’re doing it. And it feels so good to scratch! How can we blame our children for trying to relieve their itchy skin by scratching? I know my son used to scratch so intensely, he’d go into these itch trances. In a zombie-like state he’d dig at his skin, drawing blood and sometimes tears in the process. Beyond that, toddler scratching can cause infections and make their skin more vulnerable to external irritants, such as detergents.
What are we to do? How can we help our little ones? Determining their eczema triggers and treating their skin with medication and/or moisturizers is essential, but can take time. How can you prevent them from hurting their already delicate skin even further? How can you provide itch relief or toddlers and babies?
Scratch Protective Eczema Clothing
There are many types of clothing made specifically with eczema in mind. Some are made with special fabrics containing various amounts of silver and silk. And there are those made with attached scratch mittens and enclosed feet to prevent toddler’s scratching with their fingers and even toes. When Tristan’s itching was so bad that he’d stay awake all night scratching, we realized we needed to invest in some clothing to enclose his hands and basically protect him from himself. We have tried countless garments and our favorites are:
These flip mitten sleeves are really cute and functional! I had tried a few different sleeves from different companies and found these to be our favorite since there is lycra in the sleeves which prevents stretching out over time. If the sleeves stretch out, kids can easily get out of them and what good would they be at that point?
- Flip Mitten Sleeves – These are made from a cotton/bamboo/lycra blend.
- Flip Mitten Sleeves (COTTON) – These do not contain lycra and are preferred by some parents.
We used ScratchMeNot religiously during the days when Tristan was scratching 24/7 with no end in sight. Looking back, I cannot believe how far we’ve come. Those days seem like old nightmares and I am thankful the memories are fading. Back in those days we would place the sleeves on Tristan during the day when he’d go into an itch trance. They just went right over his clothes and were so easy to travel with since they folded up really small. We used them right up until he was 3.5 years old and I’m not sure why he never figured out the mittens opened up. It’s probably because we never opened the mittens, but kept them closed all the time. If you’re worried about a child opening them up, they wouldn’t be too difficult to sew shut – problem solved. BONUS – these are GREAT for newborns that scratch their skin. Plus, these provide great itch relief for toddlers and babies because the silk covers make it possible for children to still rub their skin, but without causing damage.
Sleep sacks that grow with your child – one size fits an infant up to three years old. The Bamboo Bubby toddler sleep sack with sleeves features sleeves with attached mittens to prevent scratching. The fabric is a cooling, antibacterial bamboo blend that is quite soft and comfy for little ones.
Mittens & Gloves
Simple mittens are great for preventing toddler scratching, but can be easily removed by even the youngest child. Check out Goumi Mitts Infant Eczema Mittens for children up to 22lbs that feature a velcro closure making it extremely tough for a baby to remove.
And for those looking for gloves over mittens, the Norwegian Asthma & Allergy Association makes bamboo Eczema Gloves for Kids that are much more comfortable and will last longer than the standard white cotton glove. They are available for children in sizes 1T up to an older child’s size 9 and adult gloves are available as well.
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About the Author: Jennifer is the author of It’s An Itchy Little World blog, as well as owner of The Eczema Company. After going through so many trials and errors to heal her son’s eczema, Jennifer wanted to share her experiences and favorite products with others in need. Discover her journey here. Jennifer is not a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to take the replace of medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.